Liverpool are close to agreeing the £4.7million signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius, which could open the door for Huddersfield Town to secure a loan deal for Danny Ward.

Young Anfield stopper Ward, who made his Premier League debut for Jurgen Klopp's side last month, has been heavily linked with a season-long move to the John Smith's Stadium.

And the Liverpool Echo report that the Reds are confident of landing 22-year-old Mainz stopper Karius to provide greater competition for Simon Mignolet at Anfield.

No deal has yet been done but talks are ongoing.

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Ward was recalled from a loan spell at Aberdeen in January and has impressed on his two senior outings for the club so far.

While he does have a long term future at the club he needs more experience of first team football.

Adam Bogdan, signed by Liverpool in 2015, has failed to impress - and Ward has taken his place on the bench as back up since returning from Scotland.

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And Klopp's decision to bring in Karius could mean he has sufficient options at the position to allow Ward to further his development in the Championship with Town.